I am a socio-legal researcher (PhD. Sociology, 2015, University of Helsinki) working on legal mobilization under authoritarianism, strategic litigation at international courts, and the protection of human rights defenders at risk.
I am working on two projects:
I am a Kone Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute for International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki, Finland. Previously, I had positions at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Canada, and the Aleksanteri Institute for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
2015. With Laura Lyytikäinen. "Violence and Human Rights in Russia: How Human Rights Defenders Develop their Tactics in the Face of Danger, 2005-2013". Special Issue "Critical Perspectives on the Security and Protection of Human Rights Defenders" The International Journal of Human Rights 19 (7): 979-998
Our special issue was endorsed by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders:
"In the face of growing attacks on human rights in many countries, the risks faced by people who defend their universality have intensified. Human rights defenders increasingly face criminalization, persecution, arbitrary arrest and detention. They are threatened, physically attacked and assassinated. As we mark the 17th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders we should ask ourselves what more must be done to better protect defenders and promote their work. I welcome this Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights. It compels us to confront these challenges and to discuss critical questions, both among scholars and practitioners. Our next common goal is to translate this research into practical tools to strengthen the protection regime for human rights defenders", Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders
2016. With Lyytikäinen, Laura. "Violence and Human Rights in Russia: How Human Rights Defenders Develop their Tactics in the Face of Danger, 2005-2013". In Critical Perspectives on the Security and Protection of Human Rights Defenders, edited by Dana Ingleton, James Savage, Alice Nah, and Karen Bennett. Routledge: London, New York.
2017. Comment: A.H. and Others v. Russia, European Court of Human Rights, European Human Rights Cases] [Noot:A.H. and Others v. Russia, Europees Hof voor de Rechten van de Mens, European Human Rights Cases
2015. Open Access. "Protecting Rights in Strasbourg: Developing a Research Agenda for Analysing International Litigation from Russia". In the Special Issue: "Culture of Complaints in Russia and Eastern Europe". Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research 6 (3): 105-118.
2015. Lectio Praecursoria. Venäläiset Euroopan ihmisoikeustuomioistuimessa. Idäntutkimus 1 (2015). Translated into Finnish by Hanna Ruutu
2007. "Putin's Plan?" European Forum for Solidarity and Democracy
2007. "Elections in Russia: the Party of Putin Wins". European Forum for Solidarity and Democracy
2006. "De 'Nasji' Generatie" Alfred Mozer Foundation
2006. "De Soldaten Moeders en hun Adviesgroepen in Rusland" Alfred Mozer Foundation
2014. Doctoral Dissertation: "Finding Justice at the European Court of Human Rights: The Dynamics of Strategic Litigation and Human Rights Defense in the Russian Federation". Publications of the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki. Unigrafia: Helsinki
2012. "Book Review of Human Rights Matters: Local Politics and National Human Rights Institutions" by Mertus, Julie. 2009. Stanford: Stanford University Press, in Suomen Antropologi
2010. "Book Review of Surrendering to Utopia, an Anthropology of Human Rights", by Goodale, Mark. 2009. Stanford: Stanford University Press, in Suomen Antropologi 35 (3): 96-97
My work has received several grants and awards, including a VSBfonds grant, a Hendrik Muller Foundation grant, the Finnish Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) grant, a Cultural Exchange Grant of Nuffic-the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, Mobility Grants of the Academy of Finland, the Kone Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015, 2017-2019) , the Swedish Cultural Foundation (Svenska Kulturfonden) Postdoctoral Fellowship, a connection grant of the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (co-investigator), and a Visiting Fellowship at iCourts - the Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.